Susan Holloway Scott

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Aka Miranda Jarrett
Aka Isabella Bradford

Susan Holloway Scott is the author of over fifty historical novels and historical romances. Writing under several pen names, she has received numerous awards and honors for her bestselling books. With more than three million copies of her books in print, she has been published in nineteen foreign countries around the world and translated into fourteen different languages.

Susan has also written as half of the Two Nerdy History Girls (twonerdyhistorygirls.com), a popular book & history blog with a worldwide following. Follow her on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/susan_hollo...) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/2nerdyhistgirls). She is a graduate of Brown University, and lives with her family out
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Susan Holloway Scott Lots of questions, and I'll try to answer them as best I can. Yes, the real Mary was in fact born in India, though nothing is known of her family or l…moreLots of questions, and I'll try to answer them as best I can. Yes, the real Mary was in fact born in India, though nothing is known of her family or life there, or how she came to the West Indies as a girl. Yes, there were enslaved people in 18thc India; there were enslaved people in most of the world at that time. However, India was not a source of enslaved labor for the American colonies, and there were very few Indians, free or enslaved, in America at the time. It's not known how dark or fair the real Mary was, but it's likely that to white British Americans, she would have appeared black, and later her children with Aaron Burr were part of the free African-American community in Philadelphia. The majority of America's 18thc enslaved workers were forcibly displaced from the modern day African countries of Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Angola, and the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon. (less)
Susan Holloway Scott Hi, Jessie ~ Sorry to be so slow answering this! Yes, Aaron Burr was a member of the New York Manumission Society, as was Alexander Hamilton. Early in…moreHi, Jessie ~ Sorry to be so slow answering this! Yes, Aaron Burr was a member of the New York Manumission Society, as was Alexander Hamilton. Early in his political career, Burr also introduced a bill for the abolition of slavery to the New York state legislature; the bill was voted down. However, Burr was a slaveholder for most of his adult life. His parents, grandparents, and wife Theodosia Prevost were also slaveholders. While surviving records are scarce, it appears that Burr often bought and sold enslaved people as his finances rose and fell; the few named individuals seldom appear more than a handful of times in his papers. On the night before his duel with Hamilton, he put his affairs into order in the event that he did not survive. Instead of freeing the enslaved people in his household, he left them to his daughter Theodosia in South Carolina, where they likely would have been sold. So while he was outwardly a manumissionist, he never backed up his words with any actions.

Another fact to note: since I wrote "I, Eliza Hamilton", new research by Hamilton scholars had uncovered documentation that the Hamiltons did in fact have enslaved servants at The Grange, their country house in upper Manhattan. Considering that the Eliza's parents and sister Angelica were slaveholders and that as a lawyer, Alexander bought and sold enslaved people for his clients, it's long been suspected that he and Eliza held slaves, too. Scholars have suspected that any letters or receipts that mentioned this were destroyed by their children as detrimental to their father's historical reputation. Knowing that the Hamiltons did possess enslaved servants doesn't lessen Hamilton's positive legacy, but it does give a more complete representation of him as a man of his times, as well as acknowledging the existence of those he enslaved. (less)
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When Historical Fiction and Reality Come Together (in a Starbucks)

Most of the time writing is a solitary (except for the cats) occupation. It’s me with my laptop, a pile of research books, and whatever is calling out for attention in my imagination. That was certainly the case while writing my newest novel, The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr

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“know you believe that the politics in London are especially uncivil, but you’ll soon see that the style here in America is every bit as ferocious, and marked with backbiting, lies, deceit, and ill will.”
Susan Holloway Scott, I, Eliza Hamilton

“But remember, dear sister, that the easiest men for us to love are often the same ones who hurt us the most.”
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“She didn't answer, and in that moment I realized that she felt the same as I. The men we loved would determine our destinies along with their own, no matter how we might wish otherwise.
We walked the rest of the way arm in arm, our heads bowed, in sisterly agreement. We said nothing more, nor did we need to.

I, Eliza Hamilton”
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